Australia's beloved Opera House

This year marks 45 years since the official opening of the Sydney Opera House on 20 October 1973 – 14 years after construction began.

The Opera House holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians and is an internationally recognised symbol for Australia.

Built on the land of the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation, Danish Architect Jørn Utzon designed the multi-venue performing arts centre after winning a competition in 1957. One of the 20th century's most famous buildings, the Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

In this collection you can discover more about the Opera House's design, construction and controversy, and see rare footage of the opening.

The collection also features a selection of the House's famous visitors over the years from Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II and Oprah Winfrey to Crowded House, Paul Robeson, Jackie Chan and Dame Joan Sutherland.

WARNING: This collection may contain names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.